Thursday, January 20, 2011
After all this rain and not being able to fish my usual places it was really really nice to get on the water yesterday. It was quite chilly when we arrived shortly after first light, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky! Once the sun came up over the hills it was amazingly warm even though the shade still had quite a bit of ice. The fish were very active from the start jumping all over the lake. There were some surplus Winter steelhead that ODFW planted from the North Fork of the Nehalem Rivern but there were also a surprising amount of trout left over from last fall. A lot of 2-3lbers and some even larger than that. They were not however interested in anything we had to offer. I tried some power eggs with scent, two colors of cured sand shrimp, cured prawns, salmon eggs, worms, spinners, spoons and some wiggle warts to no avail. My fishing partner for the day Sergio tried powerbait, a fly or two and a spinner also with nothing to show. Finally after about six hours I said screw it and threw on a half ounce weight and three power eggs with no scent and cast out as far as I could. After just a few seconds it was fish on! A nice 14 inch Rainbow trout! Then I cast back out again in a slightly different spot and bam another one, this one was at least 2lbs but wrapped the line around a submerged tree and off he went. A few minutes later I got one about 13 inches. Then Sergio got into some action scoring two nice fat trout, one of which got wrapped around a tree branch (this time un-submerged) and off that one went. I then caught about a 6 inch native cutthroat that I carefully released. We ate a lot of hot dogs, drank a lot of Mt. Dew and caught some fish! Not bad for winter time trout fishing! I am planning several return trips over the next week, I'll make sure and write about them when I get a chance. Tight lines!
Monday, January 3, 2011
Well just got my new 2011 fishing license and tags so I'm just dying to go fishing. First I just wanna apologize for not keeping up with this blog, it's something I'm going to focus more on in the upcoming year. With all the rain so far this winter it's been real tough fishing. Not that the fish magically disappear or anything but tactics must change and they change to ones I don't particularly enjoy. Bait and drift fishing are the preferred methods when the waters high and those are two types of fishing that I just don't get as much fulfillment out of. Spinners and jigs and the likes will still produce but it can be hard to get to where you need to be which is right up against the bank and on the bottom behind boulders and such. Well anyways the rivers are on the drop and I'm ready to hit em! Who's with me?!?!